Paper Review: Hodgson Fallout Continues, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo
The England boss has seen what should have been a week of plaudits after his team qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals wrecked by the leak of his half-time team talk to the newspapers.
Townsend himself believes his Football Association ban for betting has helped him become a better player for club and country.
Read on to find out more.
Hodgson Backed over Townsend Comment as Player Reveals Ban Improved Him
England manager Hodgson has received support across the newspapers on Sunday over his comment about Townsend during half-time in the World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday night.
With Hodgson and his team celebrating the 2-0 victory, which clinched a safe passage to the 2014 World Cup finals, news emerged that the manager had used the phrase "feed the monkey" as part of a description with regard to getting the ball to the Tottenham man in the second period.
Hodgson apologised immediately for the remark, which was part of an old NASA joke, and the manager also received support from players such as Rooney and Townsend himself earlier this week.
Patrick Collins of the Mail On Sunday says Hodgson should not be persecuted for a "clumsy" remark.
Rob Shepherd of the same newspaper claims the Football Association will investigate the dressing-room leak, although finding the culprit could prove difficult, as the story initially came from a source around a player rather than the player himself.
Glenn Moore of the Independent On Sunday says that the FA has called off any investigation into the leak, as the report came from a relative of one of the players.
Michael Calvin of the same newspaper outlines exactly what can happen in a sports dressing room and why its sanctity should remain intact.
Meanwhile, Townsend believes an FA ban over a betting offence has made him a better player, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required).
Manchester United Striker Wayne Rooney Fears Contents of Sir Alex Ferguson Book
Manchester United striker Rooney admits he is concerned about the contents of former manager Ferguson's forthcoming book, reports Dan King of The Sun (subscription required).
The England forward fell out with Sir Alex at the end of last season after the outgoing Old Trafford boss claimed Rooney had handed in a transfer request.
Ferguson's book will be launched on Tuesday, and King cites a United source as saying Rooney is concerned about the repercussions:
Wayne accepted he wasn’t going to get his wish to leave the club and now just wants the backing of the fans.
But he knows Fergie was unhappy with how he conducted himself towards the end of last season.
The real risk now is that they could be set on another collision course if Fergie decides to come out all guns blazing in his book.
Meanwhile, United are risking the loss of Rooney for a cut-price transfer fee after not making contact with his representatives, reports Rob Draper of the Mail On Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Takes French Lessons in Preparation for PSG Move
The Portugal international agreed to a new deal with Real earlier this season to make him the best-paid player in world football, but he could earn even more with his move to the Ligue 1 champions, claims Wyett.
The 28-year-old is now on £15 million a year after overtaking PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the world's best-paid footballer, says the article.
Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot after Gareth Bale had been brought down in the area during Real's 2-0 win over Malaga on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp 'Rejected' Chelsea and Man City to Stay at Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp rejected the advances of both Chelsea and Manchester City to continue his role with the Bundesliga club, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).
There were some English clubs that called and wanted to speak with me. But there was no reason to talk to because... no chance.
It’s only hard to understand if you always think ‘I can go to a bigger club’. I’m sure you could earn much more money at one or the other English clubs, or at a Chinese or Russian club.
But it’s not the most important thing. Money is important, of course. I am not Mahatma Gandhi. If somebody told me two years ago ‘some time they will call you’, I would have said ‘impossible’. And then they called and it was nothing.
In life you have to be at the right place at the right moment. And I am at the right place at the right moment.
Bits and Pieces: Paul Pogba, David Ginola, FA Chairman Greg Dyke
However, it is Manchester City and not Pogba's former club United who are tracking the French international, claims the report.
Thomas says Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG are also monitoring the player, who could be prised from Juventus by a bid in excess of £40 million.
The Frenchman was an analyst for BT Sport as Newcastle took on Liverpool on Saturday but was caught making the gesture after presenter Jake Humphrey joked about Ginola's attire.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has apologised for not announcing the full line-up of his commission looking into the state of the English game last week, reports the Sunday Express.
FA board member Heather Rabbatts criticised the makeup of the panel for being all white, as the Express noted, but Dyke says he made a mistake by not confirming the full panel earlier this week due to the furore caused by Hodgson's comments with regard to Townsend.